Tuesday 16 January 2018

Colm O'Rourke: Attacking edge and greater experience should allow Dubs to find right moves in defensive game of chess

It won't be pretty but Dublin's greater quality will see them through, says Colm O'Rourke

Colm O'Rourke

Colm O'Rourke

Today is a bit like the irresistible force meeting the immovable object as Dublin and Donegal collide. This will be a battle fought out between the two 45-metre lines and will really be a survival of the fittest and bravest.

There may not be too much pretty football in Croke Park. It is not a day for worrying about quality, the rawness of the game making it in many ways even more appealing. Scores will be hard to come by and all that will be missing when the opposition has the ball is the announcer to shout out over the public address like they do in American basketball, 'defence, defence'.

This game will be as far removed from traditional Gaelic football as has ever been played. Well-organised defence on both sides, more defenders than attackers almost all of the time, lots of short passing, precious little kicking and no room for forwards. No point in complaining either: the old king is dead and this is the new regime.

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